Pre-departure Introduction


This is Andrew. As I write this blog in the airport, I realize that I will be the last of the CASI 2015 interns to arrive in India, and I am feeling both excited and anxious, to say the least.

I’m from a suburb of Pittsburgh, Sewickley, and between there and Philly, I am looking forward to living outside of PA for a little bit.

This past month, I finished my undergraduate career at Penn (Class of 2015!) studying Earth Science in the College. This fall, I will be continuing my studies at Penn while pursuing the Masters of Science in Applied Geosciences degree in the Earth & Environmental Sciences department.

Before then, I will be spending my summer in the state of Madhya Pradesh working at Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS) with Kelly Bridges. We are both excited for our orientation there this week and to develop our projects. We will be staying near the town of Bagli, about a two hour bus ride outside of Indore.

For the summer, my big question revolves around natural resources (drinking water, irrigation, agriculture, climate) and resource management and how they affect the daily lives of people living in a rural environment.

India has such a diversity of landscapes and cultures–all experience a rapidly growing population and economy. It will be interesting to see how organizations address such change on a local level, especially in a drought prone region currently experiencing a devastating heat wave. I believe what I will learn about India will be applicable to many situations throughout the world.

I am most looking forward to starting a new routine for a few months. Adjusting to a new setting and lifestyle will be a challenge, but I am excited to see what changes it brings about on my perspective of daily life.

I will be posting a blog every other week throughout the summer, so stay tuned!

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About Andrew Shannon

UPenn Earth and Environmental Sciences '15, Masters of Science in Applied Geosciences '16 Intern with SPS for the summer of 2015 in Bagli, Madhya Pradesh